Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Marriage Proposal Photographer

July 15, 2021

Candid Marriage Proposal Hilton Head Island photography Lisa Staff Photo

White Glove Candid Marriage Proposals with Lisa Staff Photography

Do you want to surprise your loved one with a marriage proposal but don’t know how to do it? Hiring a professional photographer is the way to go. Here are five reasons why hiring a marriage proposal photographer is worth every penny!

So you’ve found your perfect match. Congratulations! But before popping the question, it’s important that you do some research and prepare yourself for an eventful day. Here are our best tips to help pull off this crucial moment without a hitch.

Getting engaged is a once in lifetime moment, and you don’t want to screw it up. This is a story that will be told over and over again. To friends, family and your kids. You also want the memories of this special time captured for more than just yourself and your beloved – share them with all your friends! Hire our professional marriage proposal photographers who will capture every intimate detail or plan out an elaborate service that’s uniquely yours.

So pay attention because these tips will help to make it that monumental, perfect storytelling experience.

Create a plan

We have been photographing weddings around the globe for over 20 years, we typically photograph over 100 marriage proposals every year, so we know a thing or two about planning and executing wedding proposals.  One of the first mistakes many clients make is that they do not plan well enough – dropping to your knees isn’t good enough; it needs to be extra special if you want them to say “yes”. Trust us on this one. Why do the typical and expected? Are you typical and ordinary? Is the love of your life? The correct answer to that is a resounding “NO!”

Candid Marriage Proposal Hilton Head Island photography Lisa Staff Photo

Planning a proposal can be stressful, but it’s so worth the payoff. Let us customize and handle everything for you – from designing your big moment to picking out that perfect ring!

Planning a marriage proposal is all about making sure every last detail goes off without a hitch. We want this day to be special just as much as you do, which is why our team of experts are on hand 24/7 with assistance in planning and executing any kind of occasion or event imaginable- no matter how fancy or simple.

Things to consider: 

  1. What time of day to propose?
  2. What day of the week will work best for your personality?
  3. What type of location suits your style?
  4. What accoutrements will be needed…i.e. Flowers, hair and makeup, candles, etc.
  5. Are there additional guests involved (mom, dad, sister, etc)
  6. Are there location or venue requirements?

Our network of contacts is unmatched, and they’ll make sure that your proposal goes off without a hitch. We’re here to help you find the perfect boutonniere for him or her- we know everyone in this city!

Need some flowers? We work with one of the best florists around – she will create a bouquet just right for any occasion, big day included. Talk about gushing moments when it comes time to propose: our team has got you covered by delivering them on standby directly after your epic moment unfolds.

Let’s talk about this great location in Hilton Head. The soon-to-be groom chose Sea Pines in Hilton Head. And then narrowed it down to the Ocean Lounge and Coast. And can I just say that their team was all on board to make whatever he wanted, happen. For real. Setting up on the beach or on the balcony, to all of his standards.

Establish a marriage proposal budget

It’s time to take your proposal from basic to perfection. Creating a budget will allow you the flexibility and knowledge of what is possible in terms of spending for things that are worth it. Maybe this includes a private dinner at that exceptional spot (be it a restaurant or a dinner on the beach) with all the fixings or accommodations for an event like your wedding proposals onsite at local botanical gardens?

Our downloadable budget planner for not only your marriage proposal but also your wedding can be found on our website. We’ll gladly share when you call us and we will help make it a special occasion to remember!

Don’t wait until last minute – if you are planning something special
Don’t wait until the last minute – if you are planning something special, don’t be that guy. Fellas, this is a big deal for your woman so it’s important to plan ahead! To ensure the perfect proposal: make sure you know what she wants from her engagement ring and take time out of every week just to spend with each other on dates or nights in watching movies together at home. This will show how much thought has gone into making your future as happy as possible!

“As much as we are able to just show up and shoot [from the hip], says Lisa from Lisa Staff photography, if we have time to plan we can make it so much better for you.”

If you hire us, giving us enough advance time will enable us to sync up our calendars to make sure that everything falls into place the way you envision it working.

Read Reviews for any vendors you hire – if you don’t hire us

In this day and age, it can be difficult to find a photographer that you know will provide the quality service they claim. And when hiring for your marriage proposal – reviews are key! Customer feedback on Google is one of the most reliable sources out there; so make sure to read what other people have said about all those “doers” before deciding who’s next in line for contracts with them for this once in a lifetime moment.

Perform a dry-run

We always do a dry run with every client on their marriage proposal. You have only one chance to do this, so we want to ensure it’s done right and perfect for you! These can typically be done exactly where you plan on proposing but if not possible then we will meet up via Zoom video call or in person before the big day takes place. We first walk through all of your plans thoroughly making sure everything is zipped up – from what time they should show back up after dinner (to make them think that nothing happened) until when she has her ring put onto her finger at midnight while laying down under fireworks shooting off into the sky above us as our final touch!

Candid Marriage Proposal Hilton Head Island photography Lisa Staff Photo

Build a backup plan
My granddaddy used to tell me that if I had a plan, I would have another one. He was always an overachiever and it rubbed off on my life growing up as well. Grandpa would make sure we never left anything without thinking about what could go wrong beforehand; this is how he came up with the motto “Having no backup plans just means you’ll be lucky enough for everything to work out in your favor.” While having so many contingency plans can seem excessive at times, being able to quickly get back on track after something unexpected happens gives us peace of mind knowing there are options available should Plan A fall through or not happen by chance like expected (such as weather conditions).

Consider shooting some photos with your newly engaged partner right after the marriage proposal.
Some of the most incredible engagement photography is shot right after a proposal because that’s when your emotions are at their highest. We expertly capture you and your partner as they bask in each other, now inseparable from one another- it doesn’t get better than this! And as an extra added bonus, not only are you able to share your great candid marriage proposal photographs but you also have some incredible and stylized couples photographs to share that can be used for your save the date announcements. I know! Brilliant, right? That’s definitely multitasking done right. Don’t worry, Boo. We’ve got you covered for all the things.

Remember to have fun

We will take care of the details so that you don’t have to. We can be your partner in crime. Seriously. Let’s make this epic. We should probably create a mission name for this covert op. Like “Operation She Said Yes”. And if you don’t have a plan, no worries. That’s what we are here for. We excel in making your love story and your vision come to life. We can create an experience that fits for your love story and think outside of the box for experiences that you may never have thought possible. 

And we can give you all the tips that you will need to keep this covert op super secret until you are ready to drop to your knee. Like, here’s a free one. Stop patting your pocket that is housing that new gorgeous engagement ring that you are about to pop on her finger. That’s a dead giveaway. Especially if you out of the blue asked her to get a manicure. See? We’ve got it all covered.

Our White Glove Marriage Proposal Service

Why spend hours of frustrating and stressful planning when you can lean on subject matter experts to do all the heavy lifting? We take a lot of time researching, coming up with creative ideas for your partner’s interests, and then we help line it up. Flowers-bookings-hair & makeup are just some examples! Wanna see the next step?

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